- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah state lawmaker named this week as president of a state organization that advocates for the technology industry doesn’t plan to register as a lobbyist, even though the man who had the job before him did.

Rep. John Knotwell was appointed Monday as president and CEO of the Utah Technology Council, a group that advocates for the high-tech industry, the Salt Lake Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/2wdAWgx ).

But Knotwell has no intention of registering as a lobbyist because he said the group has paid lobbyists who will handle such advocacy with the Legislature.

Knotwell will be taking a few extra steps to help avoid conflicts of interest, he said.

“We keep that conflict of interest in the forefront of our minds and make sure that we try to keep the public trust,” he said.

Knotwell is a member of House Republican leadership as the assistant majority whip.

Gary Goodrich, board chairman of the tech council, said Knotwell was chosen after a nationwide search.

“John’s experience and talent are necessary to navigate the evolving and expanding landscape of Utah’s rapidly growing tech sector,” Goodrich said. “I have no doubt that he is the right person to take the helm at UTC.”

Knotwell is a technology industry veteran, most recently working as the chief revenue officer at RizePoint. Previously he was vice president of sales at Workfront, and vice president of sales at inContact.

“This is an opportunity to continue to advocate for an industry that I care a lot about,” Knotwell said.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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